May 26th, 2008
07:20 AM ET
13 years ago

Carter: After June 3, it will be time for Clinton to 'give it up'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/21/art.carter.gi.jpg caption="Carter said Sunday the clock was ticking on Clinton's presidential bid."](CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that in a little more than a week, when the last Democratic primary voters weigh in, it will be time for Hillary Clinton to “give it up.”

Carter told Britain’s Sky News that Clinton “had a perfect right” to keep running – but that “a lot of the superdelegates will make a decision quite, announced quite rapidly, after the final primary on June 3," he told Sky News Sunday.

"I have not yet announced publicly, but I think at that point it will be time for her to give it up," he added.

Carter, a superdelegate, has not made endorsement but has spoken out frequently in favor of Barack Obama.

Obama leads Clinton among superdelegates and has captured the majority of pledged delegates up for grabs this primary season.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. lenny

    ih Jimmy thinks it's over, then he should just come out. What is he waiting on?

    May 25, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. mike concerned democrate

    WELL DONE – but let's not wait for primaries that will have NO affect to the reality that Obama has and will continue to have the majority of delegate counts at the end. It would be better for the party to have super delegates to weigh in NOW and then afford the votes from last states to put Obama over the top – NOT what the appearance that back room dealing did – then Clinton can focus on what will be exclusively and only move – Florida and Michigan

    May 25, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. JC

    Dear President Carter and all other uncommitted superdelegates:

    Please do your job and make your endorsement ASAP.
    The longer you wait, the more damaging it will be to the Dem party.

    Hillary was all for superdelegates and claimed popular votes did not matter earlier.

    Now she is all for popular votes betting on FL and MI, and belittles superdelegates after the superdelegate counts moved for Obama.

    We must have a political forecasting department created for Hillary's office to guess at her daily political mood, because she has no principles and lacks conviction of anything as said last year by Bill's Labor Secretary, Dr. Robert Reich.

    May 25, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Ed

    Up until now I did not understand why President Clinton was linked to other women during his political career. How can one cope with someone like Senator Clinton 24-7?????? NO WONDER!

    May 25, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Proud American

    Please lets end this already!!!

    May 25, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. independant

    I used to have great respect for Carter. Now, I don't like him telling Hillary to give it up like the rest of the Obama supporters. That's just unprofessional behavior.

    May 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Marc

    Just wanted to point out that the Democratic nomination is based on number of delegates, not popular vote. If you're basing it on popular vote, then you have to take all 50 states, not just the ones with primaries. And actually the math the Clinton campaign uses to decide that they have the popular vote has not yet been specified. Under most if not all ways of counting Obama is ahead in the popular vote; I think people are only saying that Hillary is ahead is because that's what they've been told by the Clinton campaign. Anybody actually have the math to back this up?
    Anyway, this is a moot point, because as I stated earlier, the nominating process has absolutely nothing to do with the popular vote. Nothing. The popular vote is not a factor at all in determining the nominee. And those are the rules. Whether or not it's a good rule is irrelevant. It's the rule, and by trying to change it she's starting to seem like Bush in believing that the rules apply to everyone but her.
    One last thing I want to mention that nobody's talking about re: the RFK comment. Besides the awful fact that it was a tasteless thing to say, the Democratic nominee that replaced RFK in 1968(Hubert Humphrey) lost in the general election to Richard Nixon. So Hillary is comparing her campaign to a losing one.

    May 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Matthew

    I was a Clinton supporter until it became clear that Obama was going to win the nomination. Hillary Clinton and Obama agreed not to campaign in Michigan and Florida. She agreed that they WOULD NOT count. Who ever attains 2026 delegates wins. Both candidates agreed to this.

    Both are great candidates but we need a united party to take this country back!

    May 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. AN OHIO VOTER

    I respect President Carter, however I do not agree with him on this. The DNC sat back and watched the manipulation and hatred that targeted over half of the party base. Women!! Some of them even partifccipated. I do not believe that the Republicans would have allowed the media to treat a Republican female in the manner that they have treated Senator Clinton. They would have been on the floor of the United States Senate protesting loudly and clearly!! DNC is this how you treat a female candidate in the Party. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton love the Party. Why have you sat back and allowed this to happen??

    As a registered Democrat, I will not legitimize this treatment with my vote for your "golden boy", Barack Obama. The DNC leadership during this campaign is a joke and should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Get a spine!!

    May 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. BHO

    President Carter is right in his opinion. Further Obama will get enough delegates to reach the "2026 delegates" in the coming primaries. We must know that Obama needs only 57 delegates. Are there anyone tells he cannot get that 57 delegates?

    May 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Glad to be an Independent

    June 3rd will be the last primary. Obama will agree to allow Clinton to declare victory in Michigan and Indiana. He will agree get significant delegates from both states. The Florida and Michigan delegation will be seated. After June 3rd, the superdelegates will cast their votes very quickly and at that time. Carter's comments are unnecessary and only serve to inflame tensions on both sides. Obama will be the Democratic presidential nominee. Obama will most likely choose Jim Webb as his running mate. Jim Webb has foreign policy credentials and also he understands Appalachia . That is the region of the country that Obama needs to find a way to do a much better job of appealing to for the general election.. Jim Webb is a fighter, but he does not have the baggage that Bill and Hillary Clinton have.

    May 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. BAY

    Hillary is very dangerous ambitious human being.

    May 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Todd In farmcountry Pennsylvania

    PEOPLE.... What he is saying is that on June 4th, enough Supers will finally announce and significantly put him over the top... I think Carter has a certain knowledge of which supers will go where,..PLEASE READ the article before posting.. They are trying to give Hillary the respect to finish out the voting, and the next day the numbers will be unmistakeable or "fuzzy" as some of the Clinton supporters claim.. He is NOT telling her to drop out today, even though IMHO, after even mentioning the A word in her reasoning is very dark telling of her mindset...IF something happened, she could always un-suspend her candidacy and look the better for it.. AS it is, she is detroying any possible coalition wiht these type of comments.

    PS.. anyone willing to vote for McCain instead of Obama or Hillary are probably not democrats, so ignore them. If you are SHAME on you...

    May 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. A.M. Saqib

    Salute to you President Carter!

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    May 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. NOBAMA

    Mr. Carter, I am from your home state of Georgia, and I am greatly disappointed in you!

    May 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Jax

    Jimmy Carter was one of the most ineffective Presidents in US history. Remember 14% mortgage rates and the first gas crisis with mile long lines at the pumps? He's backing Obama, who is going to be another Carter... well intentioned, nice things to say - and he'll contemplate his navel while the economy and politics crumble around his feet. Obama won't win the general election. He can't even beat a candidate in his own party when you look at the electoral college. hillaryreason.com

    May 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Peter

    ok so if Obama does wins the nomination the Hillary supporters will not vote for him......so if Hillary steals the nomination then you expect for Obama supporters to vote for her? you think its acceptable? you people all hate america!

    May 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Ben

    I am rather sorry this circus is almost over. It has been fun to read all the ridiculous comments posted here. You bloggers do not know any of the candidates personaly, yet many of you hate them. How can you hate someone you really don't know? I nstead of saying gross and evil things about someone running against your favorite, why don't you extol the values of your own candidate?
    Why are we a nation of such hate.
    My son favors McCain. I favor Obama. We spend hours debating, BUT never do we insult or defame either one. Why not? because we think both are good men and nobody should vote out of hate.

    May 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. girl texas

    Old, insignificant man.

    May 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Deann

    Did President Carter realize the popular votes are the people's will to electing the president? Did President Carter understand who has the ability to knock down John McCain in November 2008? I think the President Carter maybe too old and lost his mind by saying this unacceptable comment to force Hillary to Drop Out after June 3

    May 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. ECHEWEOZO

    give it up, ealier the better

    May 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Ken in Western NY

    Maybe Jimmy can offer Hillary a job picking peanuts on his farm. Then instead of being a carpetbagger, she can be a peanut bagger !!

    May 25, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Michigan Voter !!!

    Obama , Dodd , Richardson , Duachel , Casey , Edwards , Carter , The DNC ..... Don't get !!!!! Obama Can't Win , He Doesn't Have The Trust From The Democratic Base ....... Hillary Has The Hearts And Minds Of the Loyal Democratic base !!! . Life Long Democrats Like Myself Will Place Their Vote "ONLY" For Hillary Clinton , Or John McCain ...... It's Past The Point Of The Democratic Platform Policies ........ It's About What is Best For The Counrty ..... America Needs A Strong Pro – American President !!!!!

    Hillary , John Mc Cain 2008

    May 25, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Debi in Cali

    I have much respect for former President Carter but until he himself steps up to the plate and endorses a candidate, he should keep his pie hold shut.

    May 25, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Amy from Washington

    Were Hillary and Bill as ethical as President Carter. They no longer have a decent bone in their body, they are so consumed with power and hubris.

    Fortunately, her bid will end soon and no one will cry for her, but Bill and Chelsea. She ran a dirty campaign, expected to be coronated by big money and influence peddling and left no stone unturned in playing dirty and ruthless race cards to tap into the worst kind of bigotry in the United States. For that alone, she is no longer qualified to be even a Senator.

    Give it up Hillary. You don't represent women. You represent bigots and thieves.

    May 25, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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